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Land of Rest is a blog of Peter Jenks. Poems, quotes and photos are by Peter Jenks (unless otherwise noted or I miss noting an older post's photo) and are copyrighted, you are free to use these if you acknowledge their source.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

dec 7 advent devotional

December 7: Psalm 22:1-2 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? …O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer; and by night, but find no rest. This Psalm was written years before Jesus, at a time of deep depression and feeling of abandonment. Jesus knew these words and quoted them on the cross. He, too, dove deep into the well of an interior place of loneliness and isolation. Mental health issues are the least funded area of our health care system. The stigmas of mental health problems can haunt us in our careers and relationships. Our health care solution these days is to find the medication to stabilize one from such incidents, often with severe long term consequences. Focusing one’s faith on a Lord, who, in embracing his mortality and human nature, made sure that such feelings and experiences were a part of his vocabulary. I do not know of any other faith that has God entering into the human form and in so doing, does not just exhibit magic healing, but also opens himself up to the depths of our fears and anxiety. The hand of Christ does not just come from above to lift us up, but also from below to let us know that it is all right and will be all right.

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